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GLENN: You've got $4 a gallon gasoline now in Chicago, you have yesterday's announcement of the biggest federal deficit in the history of our country and this is what it -- I love this.  The candidates, the liberals are going to say, oh, we told you these Bush tax cuts are going to go away, biggest federal deficit, it's the war, we can't afford this war.  Somehow or another we can afford healthcare.  "We can't afford it."

So what they're going to do is they're going to spend a lot of their time now talking about how expensive this war is and how expensive the tax cuts are, when they miss the underlying problem.  If you have $4 a gallon gasoline, are you going out and spending a lot of money?  If you have $4 a gallon gasoline, you know, do you change your lifestyle?  Do you think to yourself, "You know what, I'm going to have to cut back."

Dan, how much does gas have to be before you say, okay, I mean, I think we better start saving our money and cutting back or I can't drive as far or, you know, I'm not going to go out to dinner?  How much does gas have to be?

DAN:  I don't know the exact number but it's got to be pretty far away from what it is now actually just because, I don't know.  You know, when it goes up $1, that's only -- what's that going to cost you over a month?  Fill up three, four times a month.  $50, $60?  You know what I mean?

GLENN:  My gosh, the wealthiest 1% once again on the radio.

DAN:  I don't know.  Maybe I would say if it starts getting close to 5 bucks, I would probably be really thinking about maybe getting a Prius.

STU:  Yeah, but who are these people that are just driving around aimlessly for hours?  I don't do that.  I go where I need to go.  I'm going to -- I'm pretty much --

GLENN:  I mean, I think you guys are so freaking out of touch, I think you guys are out of your mind.  You are telling me, you are telling me that $4 a gallon gasoline's not going to affect the average person?

STU:  Okay, I guess my wife could just get a job closer to home?  She's going to drive the amount of distance that's from our home to work.

GLENN:  No, no, no, I'm not saying that you are going to cut down -- no, no.  I'm saying you are going to cut down in other spending.

STU:  Yeah, as soon as it starts to affect your budget, of course you are going to have to cut other things out.

GLENN:  And I think $4 a gallon gasoline starts to affect your budget.  Look at it this way.  How does it affect the food prices?  We've got -- I love this.  They are now claiming that we have food shortages.  Gee, I wonder why.  It's kind of like -- and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be like, oh, food shortages, that's horrible, wonder what caused that.  Hmmm, I don't know.  What do you say?  Ethanol?  Gee, we got people who are working fewer hours and they're making the same amount of money but we raised the minimum wage.  I wonder what caused that.  Oh, I don't know.  You guys?  These guys keep trying to come in and save the day when they are the ones that destroyed it in the first place.  Here's what happens if gas goes up to $4 a gallon.  If gas goes up to $4 a gallon, it affects your food price.  I mean, truckers right now are protesting in Washington about the gas prices.  You know, when somebody was, you know, filling up their truck and now it's taking them twice the amount to be able to fill up their truck, that's a problem.  And they've got to pass it on some place.  I say -- I mean, why doesn't the government bail out the truckers?  I mean, here are a bunch of people that got these loans for these trucks.  Now they can't afford them.  Another victim the government is ignoring, the trucker.  Gas prices, through no fault of their own, going through the roof.  For truckers gas prices will determine whether or not they stay in business.  I mean, they can handle a slight increase but this is getting out of control.  Like the homeowners that are getting discounts on the home loans.  Why not give truckers gas at the price they can afford?  Big oil companies, they don't need the money.  I mean, remember they made $40 gazillion or something like that.  I'm not sure.  But it was in the gazillions.  It's only fair that the poor struggling truckers who are out on the road from their families so long get a break.  I mean, where do you stop it?  Where do you stop it?  Because everybody's going to be hurting.

Here's the big one that's going to be hurting.  If you ever think of this poor victim, maybe we should bail out the government.  Here's one that you just don't ever think about.  New York State, the top 20 taxpayers in New York State last year by this time had paid $577 million in taxes, $577 million in taxes.  The same top 20 taxpayers this year at this time -- last year at this time they paid $577 already to the state.  This year at this time they've only paid $87 million.  This is what the federal government and all of these stupid attorneys that are running our country don't understand.  You can't just keep taxing the rich because the rich, when the thing goes down, they don't have it, either.  They are not making the money, either.  They are struggling.  The businesses struggle.  And if you look at the $577 million, those top 20 taxpayers, those are mainly banks, financial institutions, businesses.  It's not the average Joe.  So they've got $577 million that they are paying in taxes.  They will pay it.  They got it.  They don't have it now.  $87 million.  That should tell you a direction of the economy.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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